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Read these articles about locations throughout the country named after our 44th President.

Barack Obama Elementary School
Don Gingold
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Barack Obama Elementary School

Upper Marlboro, Maryland

The Washington DC area wasn’t the first in the country to name a school after President Obama, but in 2009, Prince George’s County was consolidating and closing some schools while building new, more efficient ones. In June of 2009, the school board voted to name the new school in Upper Marlboro Barack Obama Elementary.

Barack Obama Elementarl opened its doors to students in September of 2009 and held a ribbon cutting soon after on October 8. William Hite, Superintendent of Schools, cut the ribbon with Principal Pearl Harmon attending.

The $25 million Obama Elementary is one a series of new schools that were built to more environmentally friendly as well as more conducive to learning. The design includes low-flow sinks and toilets, geothermal heating and cooling and desks made from recycled materials. Also, 95% of the interior is lit by natural daylight which studies show helps improve test performance.

In addition to its efficiencies, Obama Elementary features thirteen stars on the floor of the entrance hall representing the thirteen original colonies and a long, colorful mural by artist Paul Miles. Yes, the mural features an image of Barack Obama as well as other school themes, including a graduate in cap and gown. Miles said he hopes his mural will inspire students to make the most of their educational opportunities when they see how “school can lead to the White House.”

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About the OLI

The Obama Legacy Initiative was created to empower citizens and communities across the nation who wish to honor President Obama’s legacy in ways that are meaningful to them.  We provide technical and media support to legislators, educators, students, community advocates and organizations who wish to name programs or physical spaces such as schools, parks or community centers after President Obama.  

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